This guide is for students in Penn State Harrisburg's AFAM 226N, AMST 197B, COMM 197B, and other courses focusing on hip-hop and rap. It includes databases, research tips, and other resources for various assignments.
A source of black newspapers through the late 1990s. Helpful for information about hip-hop and rap's early history.
Beginning with the Freedom's Journal (NY)--the first African American newspaper published in the United States--this database includes page reproductions of African American newspapers from every region of the United States.
Best source for news from African American and other ethnic publications. Also includes scholarly journals. To the left of your results, limit your search by "Source Type" and other factors if you need to focus on a particular type of publication.
Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW) is a comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Continuously growing since 1991, with archival material back to 1985, Ethnic NewsWatch is now a collection of more than 470,000 full-text articles from over 200 publications. Searchable in both English and Spanish, with titles in both languages and more than 100,000 articles in Spanish, ENW offers in-depth coverage of a wide range of current and retrospective topics easily accessed using free text and fielded searching. An average of 7,500 new articles is added each month.
Despite the title, this database includes a lot of reviews, interviews, and other resources for hip-hop and rap.
Rock's Backpages is a full-text online library of rock music journalism published since 1960, including reviews, interviews, and features on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, from over 100 of the most influential magazines and newspapers, including Cashbox, Creem, Crawdaddy!, Melody Maker, Mojo, Spin, Uncut, and Vibe.
Founded in 2002 and based at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, the HipHop Archive & Research Institute (HARI) documents hip-hop's influence on culture and society in America and around the world. Aside from hosting hip-hop artists, programs, and events that explore the genres' profound and far-reaching impact in art, popular and consumer culture, and social history, the Institute supports the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship for academic research and scholarship in the field.
Scheduled to open in 2024, and located in the Bronx, the UHHM was founded in 2012 by Rocky Bucano, entrepreneurs, and artists including Kurtis Blow, Ice T, LL Cool J, Nas, and many others. They joined forces to create the world’s first Hip Hop museum. The museum’s main 5-bar logo represents the five elements of Hip Hop Culture: DJ'ing, MC'ing, B-Boy'ing, Graffiti, and Knowledge. Although construction on the museum was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone can visit "The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop Experience," at the Bronx Terminal Market, the UHHM's temporary home until construction is complete.